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Table 4 Isolated organism from chest tube tip cultures and postoperative infections

From: Diagnostic value of routine chest tube tip culture in surgery for noninfectious lung disease

Bacteria Positive chest tube tip culturesa Postoperative infection Type of postoperative infection
SSI Pneumonia Empyema
Coagulase-negative staphylococci 32 9 2 7 0
Staphylococcus aureusb 5 4 3 2 2
Corynebacterium species 4 0 0 0 0
Enterococcus faecalis 3 2 1 1 0
Enterococcus faecium 1 1 0 1 0
Streptococcus mitis group 1 0 0 0 0
Klebsiella pneumoniae 1 1 1 0 0
Enterobacter cloacae complex 1 0 0 0 0
  1. aIn the chest tube tip culture(s) of 5 patients 2 pathogens were isolated and in 1 patient 3 pathogens were isolated
  2. bA total of 7different infections developed in 4 patients with a chest tube tip culture positive for Staphylococcus aureus
  3. SSI, Surgical site infection